Fiscal forecasting and climate change

Stephanie Wong reviews the aims of the Actuaries Institute’s Climate Change Working Group formed in January this year.

The Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) has the goal of supporting the Institute’s Public Policy position on climate change.

Our aim is to promote the application of actuarial skills, including quantification of risk, cost-benefit analysis, and long term financial forecasting, to climate change-related issues.

What are we doing?


Financial Services Forum

Sharanjit Paddam (Convener of CCWG) and Kate Mackenzie (Manager, Investment & Governance at The Climate Institute) presented on “Climate Risk and Australia’s Financial System”. They explained the physical, transition and liability risks associated with climate change, how these risks can flow through the economy, why financial institutions are already at risk, and what is being done to improve our capabilities in climate risk management.

Sharanjit Paddam also presented at a plenary session on “Climate Risk and Societal Change”. He addressed the key questions of “What will we do?”, “Where will we live?”, “What will we want to protect?”, and “How will we live?” in relation to climate change. He discussed the systemic impact of climate change on the economy and how financial institutions in particular will be affected, as well as opportunities that exist in alternative energy assets, adaptation and infrastructure.

Impact of climate change on financial institutions

The CCWG are currently writing a paper on the impact of climate change on financial institutions for the 2016 General Insurance Seminar. The paper will explore how banks, life, general and health insurers, superannuation funds and other investors can are exposed to climate change, and how they can apply the enterprise risk management framework to better manage these risks.

Insights session

The CCWG will present at an Insights session on 29 Sep 2016. Stay tuned for more details!

Upcoming conferences

There are a number of upcoming conferences for anyone who is interested in attending or presenting papers.

Want to find out more about climate change?

Here are some articles and papers about climate change impacts for the interested reader.

We are also building up a climate change knowledge bank to assist actuaries in finding information more easily. Watch this space!

Our members:

  • Sharanjit Paddam (convener)
  • Elayne Grace
  • Stephanie Wong (secretary)
  • Alison Drill
  • Alissa Holz
  • Avanti Patki
  • Cathy Wu
  • Ian Laughlin
  • Jeff Humphreys
  • Jeremy Waite
  • John McLenaghan
  • Jon Harwood
  • Julie Sims
  • Martin Hickling
  • Natalie Warren
  • Rade Musulin
  • Richard Yee
  • Ruth Lisha
  • Sarosh Batliwalla
  • Tim Andrews
  • Wayne Kenafacke
  • Yan Zhao
  • Yifan Fu

Want to contribute?
We welcome members who actively contribute to the working group. If you are interested in contributing to the CCWG, please contact Sharanjit Paddam.

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